Thursday, May 26, 2016

Sometimes You Need It

Yes!  Sometimes you need creative playtime to feed your creative soul.
The simple piecing of the brown and white fabrics has been in my "to play with" stack for well over a month.  But I had commitments and deadlines and other things that needed done.

But today.............PLAYTIME

I would never say that this isn't work - but it is playtime for my creative soul. I have no plans as I am going.  I am following along and saying "what if?"   The entire piece is roughly 26  by 19 inches.  I am sure it will be cut down a bit.  The big Feather-Leaf is roughly centered side to side. The bottom of it starts just above center.  This piece may not be finished anytime soon, but it is great for my "few minutes of playtime."

This "style" is something I learned about in the  'Wild Quilting" class on Craftsy.   Isn't it fun?

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Binding On, Washed and Ready

I think the title says it all.   I have completely finished the red/white/black quilt.  The binding is applied - all by machine.  The quilt has been washed -with color catcher sheets to catch loose dye.  I do that for every quilt but considering this had RED and WHITE together it was a must.
I put the quilt over my bed for the photo.
The quilting went very well.  I am happy with it.  The binding went on amazingly well.
Let me ask:  When you are sewing the binding onto the quilt, do you ever go "OH no! What if I didn't make enough? "   That happened to me today.  But of course there was plenty. There is even some leftover.   And speaking of the binding, I suppose you want to see it too.  If you don't, you should stop looking NOW.

This was a black and white batik type fabric.  Cut on the bias, it resembles the zebra print that I used in the quilt.  I think it added a great finishing touch to the quilt,     The quilt is labeled, but I can't show that until after the presentation - just in case.

I am happy that the quilt is done and looks good.   I am also happy that Craftsy is such a good platform for learning.  I have taken classes from teachers that I would likely never get to study with on Craftsy.   I love the quilting classes - but there are classes on so many things: Sewing, Cooking,  Embroidery, Cake Decorating, Woodworking, Jewelry, Paper crafts and more.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

100 Per Cent - Quilted

Yes, that is correct.  I have finished the free motion quilting on the red/black/white quilt.
It is ready to be trimmed and squared.  Then the binding and label will be added.  The best part is that I should have it ready for the deadline on Thursday.  I hope the young man loves it as much as I do....but if he doesn't - I will be happy to keep it.

And just as a wild thought - there is more than a mile of thread in the piecing and quilting on this 80" by 80" quilt.

I want to say a big THANK YOU to Christina Cameli for her Craftsy Class on Free Motion quilting.
And so you know,  Christina blogs at A Few Scraps.
And a big THANKS to Linda at Life, Quilts and a Cat, too - for teaching me how to pin baste.

Friends are the best gift you can give to yourself.  And remember "to have a friend, be a friend."

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Quilting Away

There isn't a lot going on to show  you. I am quilting the quilt in an all over pattern.  So far I am halfway done.   But last night I heard a strange sound and saw this:
That big spool of Aurifil Dove gray is empty.  Fortunately,  I have one more so I will be able to finish the quilting with the same type and color of thread.
And just to give you an idea  of how the quilting is looking, here is a photo of the back.
It is a lot of work, but I do love the results.
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Basted and Moving Along

This morning my friend and I met to baste my quilt.  She gave me a very good lesson on how to baste on a table.  We got my quilt basted in short order with lots and lots of pins. Then, after thanking her many times, I took my quilt sandwich and headed for home.  I had a couple of chores to do along the way so that slowed me a bit.  But once I got home, I could hardly wait to begin quilting.  After all, I have to be finished completely with this quilt one week from today.

So I plowed right in.  I have decided to attempt doing an all over design.  I am trying to keep a larger scale with my quilting but I think it is a bit close still.




I have discovered that I prefer to quilt on solid colors so I can see what I have quilted.  I considered turning it upside down and simply quilting on the white backing.  The down side to that is that the safety pins are all on the top side. That would be a bit difficult short of re-pinning the entire thing.  So, I am going to continue along.

Don't forget that the Craftsy Birthday Sale is going on through May 21st. 

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